Church face carvings

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Three faces from Waltham Church. Click on the image to scan through all 16 faces

The litchen-covered, stone faces that stare down from church walls have always fascinated me. What sights and sounds they must have witnessed over the centuries. And although some of them are obviously bishops or kings, what about the others? Were they local wealthy benafactors who paid for the honour of having their likeness carved for posterity?

Leicestershire County Council has started a project to photograph and catalogue all the carvings and gargoyles on all churches in the county, and are looking for volunteers to help with the work. (Click here for more information.) I did think of applying, but they’re obviously looking for experienced photographers with some fairly serious equipment, and I’m just a point and click man with a couple of lenses.

I did have a go by photographing all the stone faces around the ground level of Waltham Church. Click the top photograph to see a slideshow of all 16. (Use your keyboard arrow key to flip through them.)

Some of them must be Victorian, but I’m assuming most of the rest must be contemporary with their dress, and date from the the 14th and 15th centuries. Maybe residents of Waltham from over 500 years in the past.

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